Tture of Romelu Lukaku looks like it could become a saga when the summer transfer window opens. The 28-year-old striker has been disappointing since returning to Chelsea last summer for a club-record fee of £97.5million.
It was a fine start to life back in England for Lukaku, who scored four goals in his first four matches back at Chelsea. So, the end of August until the middle of September had everyone involved with the club very excited about the ability of the Belgian striker, but he then went without finding the back of the net for his club until early December.
Later on in the month, he scored Chelsea’s only goal of the game in a 1-1 draw with Brighton at Stamford Bridge. That, at the time of writing, is his last Premier League goal for the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel, when speaking to the press at the start of April, played down speculation that Lukaku could leave the club this summer and promised the striker that he remains a “big part” of his plans going forward. “We don’t reflect on it. The situation at the moment is that we cannot talk to players, cannot sell, and cannot buy,” the Chelsea head coach said
“At this moment, we don’t need to think about it. These are the players we have and Romelu still plays a big part in our plans.”
According to GOAL, though, AC Milan could offer Lukaku an ‘escape route’ from Chelsea. The report claims that there is ‘hope’ that whoever Chelsea’s new owners are, then they may ‘cut their losses’ and offer Lukaku for a below-market rate deal.
If that does indeed happen, then Chelsea may be forced into the transfer market for a new striker. With that being said, football.london takes a look at three centre-forwards the Blues could look at to replace Lukaku…
According to a recent report from The Athletic, Chelsea, alongside Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the front-runners in the race to sign Nunez from Benfica. The 22-year-old has been in sensational form for the Portuguese club this season, scoring 33 goals in all competitions
Nunez has quickly established himself as one of European football’s most sought after forwards. His performances over two legs against Liverpool, where he scored in each match, in Benfica’s recent Champions League exit caught the eye of many.
The Uruguayan, who stands at 6ft 1in tall, can match up against plenty of physically dominant central defenders but also has the pace to make runs in behind the back-line. His acceleration off the mark can prove to be a constant threat to defenders.
Nkunku is someone who can play all across the front line and has been used in the centre of attack for RB Leipzig this season. football.london understands Chelsea have a long-term interest in the Frenchman and has scouted him recently.
The 24-year-old has scored a sublime 30 goals this season and registered 20 assists in the process in all competitions. This has attracted plenty of top European clubs, including Chelsea, to his situation.
Leipzig wants to keep him, which is completely understandable considering his return this term, but money talks in football and the German club could be tempted should they receive a huge fee for the attacker. His versatility could sway Chelsea in his direction should there be numerous options on the table.
Lewandowski, the man who looks set to win this season’s Golden Shoe, faces an uncertain future at Bayern Munich. The German club are adamant the Pole will not leave the Allianz Arena in the summer transfer window, with his contract in Munich set to expire at the end of next season.
Chelsea have been linked with the 33-year-old in the past, but he would be more of a short-term option given his age. However, what an option he would be.
Lewandowski is the complete striker. His all-around game is exceptional. 48 goals to his name in 43 appearances in all competitions this season.